What Works: Indoor Rock Climbing and Bouldering

Almost anyone can rock climb or boulder! Experienced or beginner, it caters to individuals and groups of all ages, fitness levels and abilities, including those with disabilities or physical or mental health conditions.

Rock climbing and bouldering can…

  • Improve mental alertness and mental agility
  • Lifts mood and alleviates symptoms of depression
  • Improves selfesteem and self-confidence
  • Can help foster a sense of connectedness and community

Where’s the evidence?

  • BMC Journal of Psychiatry: Luttenberger, Katharina, Eva-Maria Stelzer, Stefan Först, Matthias Schopper, Johannes Kornhuber, and Stephanie Book. "Indoor Rock Climbing (bouldering) as a New Treatment for Depression: Study Design of a Waitlist-controlled Randomized Group Pilot Study and the First Results." BMC Psychiatry 15.1 (2015): 201.

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